Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Trump fires chief diplomat Tillerson after clashes, taps Pompeo

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks to the media during a joint press conference with Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Monica Juma at a hotel in Nairobi Kenya Friday March US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is out, President trump tweets on succession plan
Kenny Thornton | 13 March, 2018, 18:44

On Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Twitter he was replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, marking the biggest Cabinet shake-up yet in an administration already defined by high turnover and internal turmoil.

The gold subsector rose 0.65 percent as pot gold percent to $1,322.36 an ounce following the ouster of U.S. Secretary of State by President Donald Trump. Unlike Tillerson, a former businessman who lacked government experience when Trump picked him a year ago as secretary of state, Pompeo is well aware of the ways of Washington.

Mr Tillerson also appeared out of the loop last week when Mr Trump announced he would meet with North Korea's leader and become the first sitting U.S. president to do so.

Trump tapped the CIA's deputy director, Gina Haspel, to replace Pompeo at the intelligence agency.

CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel will replace Pompeo as the head of the CIA.

Tillerson had just returned from a shortened trip to Africa hours before Mr. Trump's announcement.

He cited the Iran nuclear deal as an example of disagreements with Mr Tillerson and said he and Mr Pompeo have "a similar thought process". "Congratulations to all!" Trump tweeted.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo speaks at the FDD National Security Summit in Washington, DC, U.S., October 19, 2017. The tensions peaked last fall amid reports Tillerson had called Trump a "moron" and considered resigning.

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Now, Trump is heading into an unprecedented face-to-face meeting with North Korea'sKim Jong Un over that country's nuclear program.

Mr. Trump said Mr. Pompeo "has earned the praise of members in both parties by strengthening our intelligence gathering, modernizing our defensive and offensive capabilities, and building close ties with our friends and allies in the worldwide intelligence community", the president said in a statement.

According to the Washington Post, Trump asked Tillerson to step aside last Friday.

A government outsider lacking diplomatic experience, Tillerson arrived at the White House after decades at Exxon Mobile, rising from engineer in 1975 to chairman and CEO in 2006, overseeing vast expansion of the company's operations worldwide.

"He dived into policy matters in a way that unnerved many professionals at the agency", the official added,"and morale was taking a blow that was spreading from the analytical side, where some people feared he was tailoring some PDBs (President's Daily Briefs intelligence assessments presented to the president) to tell Trump what he wanted to hear rather than what the intelligence assessments were".

Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary at the time, sought to portray a more harmonious dynamic, saying that "the secretary is having an ongoing and productive exchange with the president and his team". "I would certainly trust the president and my comments far above those of other reporters". Last week, Trump's chief economic advisor Gary Cohn resigned after the president announced he would impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

Hours before his ouster, Tillerson raised eyebrows by issuing some of his strongest statements yet on Russian Federation. Rex is a very good man.

Rumors of Tillerson's ouster first started late a year ago, when reports that appeared to be targeted leaks from the White House emerged that Trump was souring on his secretary of state, following policy disputes and embarrassing leaks.

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